MONTVILLE, NJ - Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for NJ and the National Weather Service (NWS) in Mount Holly has issued a Winter Storm Warning and Hazardous Weather Outlook from noon on Monday, Jan. 26 through 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. A major snowstorm with the potential for up to 24 inches of snow is predicted. The storm is trending on twitter as #snowmageddon2015.
By declaring a State of Emergency, the State Director of Emergency Management is authorized to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.
In a release from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Governor Chris Christie advised New Jersey residents to maintain a high level of situational awareness regarding the weather conditions.
"I urge all New Jersey residents to monitor the National Weather Service forecasts. This is a serious and significant weather event which will create extremely hazardous conditions. Travel will be dangerous and it is not advised."
All state offices are closed for Monday and Tuesday and NJ Transit will be shut down beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday.
MONTVILLE CLOSINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Montville town offices closed at 2:30 p.m. on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
The Township Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27 is postponed.
There will be no garbage pick-up on Tuesday.
Recreation department activites are cancelled on Monday and Tuesday.
The Montville Township Library will close at 3:30 p.m. on Monday and will likely remain closed on Tuesday.
All Montville Township schools had early dismissal on Jan. 26 and have announced they will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 27. MEDLC will also be closed on Tuesday. All after school and evening activites are canceled for Monday and Tuesday.
Montville Township Administration, Police Department and Fire Departments remind residents of the following:
Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
Remove all vehicles from the roadway to assist with snow clearing and to allow emergency vehicles to pass.
If you have a fire hydrant on your property, clear snow at least 3 feet around it.
Prepare early for heavy snow and high winds.
Power outages are possible. Review generator safety procedures and charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready.
Do NOT call 9-1-1 for weather updates or power-related questions. Leave that number available for others calling with true police, fire and medical emergencies.
Residents are encouraged to sign up with Nixle to receive emergency notifications.
In the event you experience a power outage, be sure to contact your service provider (PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734; Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-888-544-4877).
According to the National Weather Service, there will be life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.
Now is the time to prepare and make sure you have the supplies you need for this potentially historic winter storm. Do not proceed with any travel plans in the affected areas late Monday and Tuesday or you could put yourself in great danger.
TAP into Montville will update to reflect new information as it is released.